Marco Nistico

General Director


Marco Nisticò has been named as General Director of Opera on the James effective June 1, 2019.  “After a career of over two decades as an opera singer, vocal coach, and, more recently, stage director, I’m very excited to embark on this new venture. I believe strongly that opera is for everyone. It has the capacity to move, inspire, provoke thought, and entertain. It helps us to understand who we are and how we relate to each other. As director of Opera on the James, it is my mission and pleasure to present this art form in a way that is open, radiant, and dedicated to the highest musical and theatrical values. I am also looking forward to working with OOTJ’s highly motivated board of directors, and with the Lynchburg community.”

05/28/2019 — The Board of Directors of Opera on the James (OOTJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marco Nisticò as General Director of OOTJ, establishing a new generation of artistic leadership at one of Virginia’s most exciting up-and-coming opera companies. As General Director for OOTJ, Nisticò plans to usher in a new era of vibrant and varied repertory, musically and dramatically committed performances, outreach into the community, opportunities for young singers, and site-specific performances. According to OOTJ Board President Lisa Joyner, “We are thrilled to welcome Marco Nisticò as General Director of Opera on the James! Marco brings a fresh new perspective and years of experience as a performer and director of opera around the world.  With a firm belief that opera is for everyone, Marco brings his expertise in developing and delivering opera programs to both the young and old in our community.     

Italian-born baritone Marco Nisticò embodies an impressive combination of beautiful tone, exquisite artistry, and superior stagecraft, which has delighted audiences throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Praised as a performer of “gravitas, unforced eloquence, and refined vocalism” by the Classical Review, Marco Nisticò has become a widely sought-after singing actor for both comedic and dramatic roles. His 2017-2018 season included portrayal of Germont in La Traviata with both Sarasota Opera and the Savannah VOICE Festival, Ping in Turandot with San Diego Opera, and Ford in Falstaff with Opera Colorado. Projects for the 2018-2019 season included directing Tosca for Opera Southwest and returning to Opera Sarasota as Gaspar in Donizetti’s Rita and Count Gil in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna, Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Louis VI, and Pasha with Chautauqua Opera. In the 2019-20 season he will sing the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Sarasota Opera, where he will also direct The Elixir of Love (Donizetti) in 2020. Recent highlights include his return to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, El Tiempo in Los Elementos with New York City Opera, Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Florida Grand Opera, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and Dancaïro in Carmen with Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera Memphis, Amonasro in Aïda with Opera Colorado, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale, and Manfredo in L’amore di tre re with Sarasota Opera, Montfort in Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes in a return to the Caramoor Festival, his return to Sarasota Opera to sing the title role in Rigoletto and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and to Opera New Jersey to sing Di Luna in Il trovatore; revisiting the Metropolitan Opera for Carmen and La traviata; Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore in New York City Opera, Germont in La traviata with Opera de Puerto Rico, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera New Jersey. Recent European engagements include Dulcamara with Landestheater Bregenz and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Teatro Regio Torino.